Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
Lead scientist Pheonah Nabukalu working on perennial sorghum research at The Land Institute.

Careers at The Land Institute

The Land Institute is working on a solution to one of humankind’s most critical challenges: How to produce food while regenerating precious soil, water, and ecological resources.

The long-term, game-changing nature of our mission is both challenging and fulfilling. Our people reflect the values of the prairie: diverse and perennial. Our staff members have come from across the globe to The Land Institute’s modest home in Salina, Kansas to transform agriculture worldwide. For many, it becomes a lifelong career. More than a few have been involved with — and have evolved with — The Land Institute for decades.

Jobs at The Land Institute include scientists, and field and research technicians, as well as positions in farm operations, fundraising, communications, marketing, finance, and administration.

Current Job Openings

Program Research Assistant – Crop Protection Ecology (5-month engagement)

The Crop Protection Ecology program at The Land Institute is seeking an individual for a temporary full-time, hourly position for 5 months. The Research Assistant will be trained to identify native bees to family and genus, and they will assist our Crop Protection Ecology technician in the identification of preserved bee samples. The Research Assistant will also assist, as needed, with other research projects within the program, which may include plant-insect greenhouse experiments, rearing a caterpillar crop pest in the laboratory, and spring field surveys.

The start date is January/February 2022 (exact start date is flexible. Low-cost, shared onsite housing is available for rent. Work hours are generally 8-5 pm Monday – Friday, although some flexibility in work hours can be considered for applicants who are taking education courses. The expected workload is 40 hours/week.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to


Operations Assistant (part time)

The Operations Assistant will play a key role in fulfilling The Land Institute’s mission by ensuring that the operations team has the critical administrative support they need to support the overall functions of the organization. The Operations Assistant will provide administrative support to all operations departments that include, but are not limited to, Finance, Human Resources, and Operations/IT. This position will participate in The Land Institute’s decentralized and consultative approach to decision-making and problem-solving and will engage with the highly collaborative, team-oriented culture of the organization. The Operations Assistant will perform support duties related to finance, accounting, human resources, operations, and IT inventory tracking for The Land Institute. 

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to

Seasonal and Temporary Jobs

As positions become available, details and instructions for applying will be posted above.


Summer 2021 applications are now closed. Please check back in the winter for Summer 2022.
Our interns gain valuable insight into the research programs of The Land Institute while assisting in the fields, seed processing facilities, and labs. With thousands of experimental plots and tens of thousands of experimental plants, interns conduct crucial fieldwork that includes hoeing, transplanting, and sampling alongside preeminent scientists working to develop perennial ecologically intensive agriculture. Summer interns enjoy seminars with the staff and visiting scientists, but the majority of learning is gained from hands-on work with the research programs. Keep in mind that although the fieldwork is satisfying, it also can be physically challenging.

The internship program has two 3-month long cohort options: Cohort 1 runs from May-August and Cohort 2 runs from August-November. Interns work 40 hour weeks, typically from 8 am-5 pm with a 1-hour lunch break, although start times may adjust during the hot summer months to escape the heat. Interns may have the option to live in TLI housing, where rent is typically around $270/month. Interns are provided a $2200/month (beginning in 2022) stipend with no benefits.

Although interns are often college students (generally between sophomores in college to recently graduated), we consider adult applicants of any age and background. This internship is designed to provide an entry point for those with limited experience in agricultural research or related fields.

Postbaccalaureate Researcher

The Postbaccalaureate Researcher (Post-Bac) gains mentorship, research experience in perennial grain agriculture, and an opportunity to develop collaborative skills. This temporary position is designed to assist recent college graduates with strong research interests in the exploration of their future career, education, or training possibilities. Participants will have the opportunity to attend conferences and participate in other professional development activities. The Post-Bac will be a member of a research group and will be exposed to a range of topics related to agricultural research. Position duration varies depending on the project/program.

Research Assistant

Research Assistants fill a variety of temporary, program-specific support roles at The Land Institute. Wages vary between positions depending on required skills and experience. These positions do not come with benefits or provided housing and may be part-time or full-time.

Horticulture Assistant

Horticulture Assistants are seasonal full or part-time workers who provide general support for research and groundskeeping. Examples of tasks include threshing, mowing, pot-washing, and data collection. Housing is not provided.

Other Employment Opportunities

Don’t see a link to a current open position, or don’t see a position that fits your skill set? Feel free to submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to and we will keep your information on file for future employment opportunities.

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